Losing Nelson by Barry Unsworth — a desert island choice

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stack of books to take to the desert island ©booksandbuttons

If I could take just one book, would it be this one?

Maybe.  The first time I read this book we were living in St. Louis and
the moderator of the Borders Book Group (remember Borders? sniff, sniff)
chose all the books for the year and led the discussions–what a trooper!
And she was good, too!

I started it and hardly put it down til the last page was read.  It may
not affect you that way, I’m just telling you how it was with me.

First line:  “I had a bad fright that morning.”

It’s the story of Charles Cleasby, a man who idolizes his hero,
Lord Horatio Nelson.  It’s the story of Charles Cleasby, a
man who idolizes Lord Horatio Nelson.  He is obsessed with
Lord Horatio Nelson.  I can’t put it down too many ways.
It is the book.

I don’t think I’ll ever forget the reactions of that reading group
when we met in St. Louis after finishing the book.

Unsworth is a good writer who has won several awards.  He
is thorough–I especially enjoyed Sacred Hunger last summer.
(type Sacred Hunger in the search box, if interested)

But this book, Losing Nelson, is the winner, at the top.
Clever writing, diabolical, intriguing–what a book!

Ten Books for Desert Island 006

 

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2 Responses to Losing Nelson by Barry Unsworth — a desert island choice

  1. FictionFan says:

    Hmm…haven’t come across this one, so it can’t come with me – at least, not till I’ve read it…

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